Gender-Based Violence

In almost every country, societally ingrained marginalization of women and trans people breeds violence: abuse, rape, forced disappearance, and murder. Too often these crimes are not even investigated, perpetuating the horrific cycle. Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights collaborates with local partners around the world to hold States accountable for their inaction, working tirelessly to set new international legal precedent to advance human rights.

  • 1 in 3

    Women worldwide have been subjected to physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes

  • 4x

    Trans people are more likely to face violent crime

  • 66,000

    Women and girls violently killed each year for their gender


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#JusticiaParaVicky: The historic case of Vicky Hernández et al. v. Honduras

In the midst of the June 2009 Honduran coup d’état, with the streets of San Pedro Sula closed to all but military and police forces, 26-year-old trans woman Vicky Hernández’s body was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

Vicky’s story—and the impunity the state has granted her killers—is all too familiar in Honduras. In the decade since Vicky’s extrajudicial execution, more than 300 LGBTQ+ people have been targeted and killed for their gender identity; of those, only 67 cases have been prosecuted, resulting in fewer than 20 convictions.

Vicky Hernández et al. v. Honduras, litigated by Red Lésbica Cattrachas and RFK Human Rights, was the first case involving lethal violence against an trans person to reach the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

On June 28, 2021, exactly 12 years after Vicky’s murder, the Court made a landmark ruling holding the government of Honduras accountable for her death and issued a series of reparations, including financial support for Vicky’s family, that set a legal precedent for LGBTQ+ rights throughout the region.

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